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10 Reasons Why Chernobyl Tours Are the Best Dark Tourism Experience

Broken glass crackled and crunched beneath my feet. Sun streamed through the remains of a once-magnificent stained glass window. Broken dolls and filthy baby shoes littered the floor.  A child’s storybook stood open as if waiting for its reader to continue.  Never would I have imagined that Chernobyl tours, the site of the worst nuclear […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kiev Ukraine

Kiev is the lively capital and largest city in Ukraine, greedily taking up both banks of the Dnieper River.  Three million people call this fusion of ancient and modern architecture home. Kiev’s beautiful cathedrals and monasteries spill out onto cobblestone streets and abundant green spaces and parks. Although many buildings were destroyed during the Communist […]

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Best Places to Visit in Poland: Travel Guide to Krakow, Warsaw & Gdansk

Poland.  It’s one of the few countries in Central Europe that I had not visited. Gloomy images of tragedy, poverty, and food lines were all I knew.  But I was wrong, so wrong. What I found was a county that boasts the sixth largest economy in Europe and is one of the safest places to […]

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Emotional Restaurants in Lviv: Extreme Fun and Food

Lviv is Eastern Europe’s undiscovered gem, at least to Americans.  This utterly gorgeous city, just 40 miles from the border of Poland, is not only home to stunning Austro-Hungarian architecture and colorful town squares, but has a gastronomy unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in all of Europe. They’re called “Emotional Restaurants,” and they are not […]

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castle cesky krumlov

Castle Cesky Krumlov: How to Spend a Magical Weekend

I’ve been a fan of fairy-tales since I was a little girl.  As an adult, when I heard that the medieval town and castle Cesky Krumlov would bring to life all the scenes of my childhood dreams, I determined I would get there someday. After years of eager anticipation, that “someday” recently came to fruition.  […]

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Tour Ukraine: Ultimate Guide to Lviv, Kiev and Odessa

Ukraine is one of the largest countries in Europe, second only to Russia in size, and shares borders with Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and Transnistria (the nation that doesn’t exist). It’s a country with a long, complex, and turbulent history. The Eastern European nation is home to a plethora of beautiful places […]

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Terceira Azores

The Amazing Azores: Best Things to Do in Terceira

Who could have guessed that there are so many things to do in Terceira? Our overnight flight landed us on this tiny island in the Azores just after sunrise. Expecting to be driven to our hotel for a short nap, we were surprised when Paulo, our guide suggested that we take advantage of the clear spring […]

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The Hanza Hotel – Best Place to Stay in Gdansk

My friends are envious of my “glamorous” life. I love being a travel writer, and my life is certainly filled with fun and adventure, but it’s hardly glamorous.  It’s often difficult.  I’m currently on a one-month trip taking me through Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Poland.  I’ve been on planes, trains, buses, vans, trams, cars, taxis […]

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Moldova

9 Things to Do in Moldova. I Dare You to Try Number 7.

The Republic of Moldova is a fairly unfamiliar landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It has a long history of land fragmentation, including stints at being part of the Russian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, Romania, and the Ukrainian SSR. Per capita, Moldova has the poorest economy in Europe and is also the least visited country in […]

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bucharest boomers

Baby Boomer Guide to Bucharest: Romania’s “Little Paris”

I had imagined Bucharest as a kind of transition place…. a couple of days as my jumping off place to where I really wanted to go in Romania – Transylvania.  And as my driver left the airport, we passed a multitude of utilitarian-looking communist bloc apartment buildings, and I felt more-or-less resigned to spending an […]

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